Yesterday morning, Joey was struggling to walk. His back was hunched over and he was obviously in pain. Since Joey is a 10 year old Labrador/Great Pyrenees mix I was greatly concerned.
I took Joey to the veterinarian. They did x-rays and gave him a full physical, but couldn’t find anything wrong. The doctor decided to check Joey’s anal glands. He wasn’t dragging his butt on the ground, so it wasn’t the first thing that came to mind.
She discovered Joey’s anal glands are infected. All he needs is some antibiotics and he will be fine. The Thaler family let out a sigh of relief. We all love that old dog.
Joey is a ten year old Labrador/Great Pyrenees mix. He is still a spunky dog; however, his spunkiness doesn’t last as long as it once did.
Buddy is a three year old Beagle/Rottweiler mix. He is energetic, friendly, and loves to play.
There is a huge age difference between these guys, but when it comes to doggy friendships, age doesn’t matter.
Ben loves playing and rolling around in the snow. Ben is a Great Pyrenees, so he was made for this weather. His undercoat is thick and looks more like wool than fur. The top layer of Ben’s fur is also thick, long, and wavy.
Ben seems completely unfazed by the cold, and has spent a lot more time than normal running around the yard.
Baby Ben is enjoying a wonderful nap and he looks so adorable.
Ben and Blue were sleeping on my bed tonight and all was going well, until Ben started passing gas.
If you have never gotten a whiff of gas from a 120 pound Great Pyrenees, let me tell you it can curl the paint off the wall. It smelled liked a sewage tank was leaking foul odors into the room.
I told Ben, “I love you boy, but you are going to have to sleep on the couch.” I walked into the living room with Ben and made sure he was situated and ready to go back to sleep.
The poor dog looked so disgusted. He was kicked off the bed and forced to sleep on the couch. Life is hard sometimes.
Ben doesn’t like to stand when he eats dinner, which may cause people to believe he is a lazy dog. However, Ben is not lazy. He is concerned about conservation of energy, so Ben is actually a canine environmentalist.
I noticed one of Joey’s toes is swollen, so I took him to the veterinarian.
I confess, as soon as I saw his swollen toe I was very worried about Joey. He is 9 or 10 years old and a 100 pound Labrador/Great Pyrenees mix. That puts him in the geriatric range and increases his risk for health problems.
I am glad to report that Joey will be fine. The veterinarian found a small cut on the toe, which became infected. He doesn’t have a fever and there is no sign that the infection spread past his toe. The doctor prescribed and antibiotic and an anti-inflammatory.
Joey needs a few days of TLC and he will be back to his rambunctious self in no time.